You will find yourself repeating this line over and over as you attempt to make a deal with the daedric patron of this season of crown crates. But don’t fool yourself – you are no Doctor Strange, and if you don’t have self control this is one bargain you won’t end up happy with.
While there are plenty of great items new and returning in this season of crown crates, it doesn’t come without its own share of controversies and woes. Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of crown crates season 3: Dwemer edition.
While this season has drummed up its share of controversy, there are many features that have been well received by the community.
Dwarven. Themed. Items. What everyone has been waiting for. From automaton mounts, to Dwarven headgear and tonal forks – this season of crown crates has it all. If you’ve ever been a lover of the Dwemer there are some truly unique items to collect as you bring the majesty of the long lost Mer to life.
For many players, the return of coveted dro’mathra senche and dro’mathra cub will be the highlight of this crown crate season. This renowned mount is highly regarded by many and the chance to obtain it again will be very tempting for many players. It is great that the crates are bringing back old fan favorites that many players may have missed out on.
Another returning fan favorite is the alliance hero costumes. These hero costumes based upon the original cinematic trailer for ESO provide a unique, iconic aesthetic for each of the three alliances. This gives many new and returning players the chance to pick up items they didn’t get a chance to in the past.
Also in this season of crates you will find the continuation of the release of the daedric prince statues. This season features Clavicus Vile and Barbas – a great centerpiece for the home of any devout daedric worshiper. But beware as every deal made with Clavicus Vile can come with unforeseen consequences – much like the creates themselves.
Though controversial, the addition of the resplendent sweetroll item provides an interesting new dynamic to crown crate purchases. This housing item is the same as a regular sweetroll but with the added benefit of being able to convert it to 400 crown gems which is the equivalent of one regular apex mount. This is somewhat controversial as you cannot buy the sweetroll from the crown gem store but it also gives many players the option to get any apex mount of their choosing if they are lucky enough to obtain one.
By far the worst part of the Dwarven crates are the secret rare mounts. In the past, given enough time and money you could easily get enough gems to get any of the apex mounts. This season though, that notion has been turned upside down with the inclusion of secret rare mounts. These three mounts can only be obtained by praying to the gods of RNG and no amount of gems will ever grant you solace. To put even more of a damper on this they appear to be even rarer than the regular apex mounts which already have a low drop chance. Any collector out there beware as you could end up spending thousands of dollars and potentially never seeing one drop.
Style motif books in the crown store have always been overpriced regardless of their rarity, but at least they have always been fairly consistent with the predictable, if ridiculous, price of 5,000 crowns. This recent update to the crown crates include three more motifs from in game, but instead of crowns they now rely entirely on RNG or having to gather 200 crown gems to get the motif you want. At first this may not seem like a huge deal. That is until you see that for the average player with no items yet obtained from crates, open a pack of 15 crates for 5000 crowns only to find an average return of around 75-100 crown gems. This means that on average, a player targeting a specific motif could end up spending twice as much compared to if the motif were just listed on the crown store at its already exorbitant price point.
For some reason, ZOS went wild with old lady hats. This season of crown crates includes some of the ugliest headgear you will ever see. You’ll find the likes of the ‘Sadrith Mora Quilted Snood’ or even the legendary ‘Blossom Burst Bonnet’ among the so-called rewards. These items are what you would expect your grandmother to wear with her nightgown – not something to adventure in. Yet they do still serve a purpose of allowing some truly horrendous designs for characters.
Nix hounds. Tons and tons of nix hounds. One of the worst parts of the new season is that they’re jammed full of nix hounds. You’ll find these buggers infest almost every other crate that you open with sometimes even more than one per crate. While you do get 5 gems per nix hound for the trouble of dealing with the buggers you have to wonder how it can be so disproportionate compared to the other items of the same tier.
Drop rate and RNG are once again entirely soul-crushing. I was determined for this article and my own collector’s ocd to get every item from this crate’s season. Over 330 crates were opened in this endeavor, leading to some interesting numbers. Only 9 crates produced an apex mount and 4 produced a secret rare mount – and in case you’re wondering, yup, you can get the same secret rare mount twice. Among other interesting statistics: over 175 nixhounds were obtained including on multiple occasions two in one crate. So buyer’s beware as you could end up spending far more than you want to get that one mount you so desire.
While the above really can put a bad taste in many people’s mouth, myself included, I still believe that crates can be salvaged and become a good thing for the community. Below are my ideas on how this system could be improved in the future.
Removing RNG only items from crates would be a huge step in the right direction. Not only does this discourage people over time, it removes the gems goalpost, as people cannot see the end in sight when suffering through a bad bout of RNG. The current implementation may lead many to give up and move on and could lead to many players that consider themselves collectors giving up completely on having their collection be complete as the sunk cost doesn’t outweigh the fallacy of the unknown. While it may prey on those with a gambling mindset, it alienates the vast majority of players.
If ZOS insists on keeping these RNG only items, we can only hope they make it so that if you get a secret rare mount that you can’t get the same mount twice. Getting the same mount a second time and getting 130 gems in return is a huge let down and could lead many people to feel cheated. Another option could be to offer the items up as stand alone purchases at a later point. Hopefully if they opt for this route, they will announce it sooner rather than later.
Bringing back more lower tier items from previous crown store months to offset getting a nix hound in every single crate would immensely reduce the frustration these omnipresent pests are causing. This has the added benefit of also allowing newer players the opportunity to get more items they may want that they previously missed out on obtaining.
Last but not least – the most important part of all. There needs to be clear odds presented in the UI for the odds of receiving specific items from crown crates. This is something China actually requires of game developers, as a common sense law the empowers consumers by turning their stupid purchasing decisions into informed stupid purchasing decisions. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that if more players knew precisely how low their odds are, ZOS’ odds of selling these would likely take a serious hit – so this is a change that that’s not all that likely to happen voluntarily.